Nog maar net thuis van haar Europese tour met Francesco Turissi, en Rhiannon Giddens laat alweer van haar horen. Sxip Shirey en Rhiannon Giddens leerden elkaar in 2002 kennen toen hun toenmalige bands The Luminescent Orchestrii en The Carolina Chocolate Drops samen een EP uitbrachten, Sindsdien werken de twee geregeld eens samen. Op het derde solo album van Sxip neemt Rhiannon de zang voor haar rekening van een paar nummers, waaronder het wondermooie Woman Of Constant Sorrow.
Op initiatief van Coco Karol, de vrouw van Sxip Shirey, vonden ze dat het tijd was om iets te doen voor alle kinderen van illegale immigranten die vastgehouden worden in de Verenigde Staten in verschrikkelijke omstandigheden. All Babies Must Cry is een nummer van Sxip's eerste solo plaat Sombule, en werd in 2006 ingezongen door Aimee Curl.
Deze nieuwe versie is stripped down tot de heerlijke stem van Rhiannon en de tokkelende gitaar van Sxip.
RAICES is a nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. With legal services, social programs, bond assistance, and an advocacy team focused on changing the narrative around. Immigration in this country, RAICES is operating on the national frontlines of the fight for immigration rights. You can help defend the rights of immigrants and refugees, empower individuals, families and communities, and advocate for liberty and justice by supporting RAICES.
The story behind the track is, I (Sxip's wife Coco Karol) woke up one morning last summer and told Sxip we had to do something. I was ill over the evil of it all—the camps, the children in cages, families torn apart, all of it. And the beauty of Sxip Shirey is that he listened to me, looked back at me, and said YES, and then gave so much to make it happen. We decided to make a video and record Sxip’s song with Rhiannon. My thinking was initially “what could I possibly do to help?” And the answer we came up with was, why don’t we do what we know how to do: make art and use it to raise money. So thats what we did. I researched many different organizations and chose RACIES. The song itself speaks to me and the current crisis at the border in many poetic and overt ways. Within a month of deciding to do this project, Sxip and I were on a plane to Ireland to record and film and track with Rhiannon. A little known twist to the story is that our own son was conceived on this trip. Now when he cries, I go to soothe him and think “who is soothing the babies at the border?” “who is taking care of the children there?” I often cry as I nurse my, now 5 month old baby, back to sleep because I know in a much more profound way what separating families means. And as I learn more about early infant and childhood development I understand how severe and damaging the experience of separation, and inconsistent care givers and lack of touch, and play, and love, and nourishment and warmth and comfort really is. I cannot do nothing while this is happening. If this approach works we will do it again. Please donate, listen to the track, watch the video, share it, talk to me about it. Thank you.
To donate: https://www.raicestexas.org/ways-to-give/donate/?ms=allbabiesmustcry
beautiful cover image by SWOON @swoonhq